My 4yo son turns 5 just one week after school starts this year – meaning, he has a full year left at home with me before Kingergarten. He’s an extremely curious child, and without the structure of school, I find myself constantly on the look-out for new ways to entertain and challenge him.
The Mulberry FingerPlays app (free, iPhone and iPad) has been a welcome discovery for both of us.
Mulberry FingerPlays includes 5 popular children’s songs with accompanying hand motions – Eensy Weensy Spider, Five Little Monkeys, Here Is the Church, Skinnamarink, and Where Is Thumbkin. The app includes lyrics for each song, instructional videos teaching parents how to lead the finger plays, and demonstration videos featuring Kathy Reid Naiman, popular children’s entertainer, leading each song with a group of children.
Paulette Bourgeois, author of the beloved Franklin the Turtle books for children, explains in the introduction to Mulberry FingerPlays just how much these songs and motions can benefit a child. Finger plays can:
- give you a fun opportunity to connect with your child
- offer opportunities for physical play and development of fine motor skills
- help your child learn vocabulary and rhymes
- teach your child math concepts like patterns, more/less, big/little
We’re in the midst of a cross-country move, and keeping my son happily occupied while living in hotels has been difficult. But as soon as I opened the Mulberry FingerPlays app, my son ran right over to me and wanted to know what I was doing. The songs and hand motions had him smiling and giggling right away, and he jumped in bed next to me to play along.
I’m surprised and delighted by how something that seems so simple – a little singing and some hand motions – can create such a special moment for my son and I. This is an app I highly recommend for parents of children from newborn to Kindergarten.
The free app comes with 5 finger plays included, but 20 more songs can be easily “unlocked” with an in-app purchase. Now through the end of August, the expansion pack is on sale for $2.99 (originally $4.99) for both the iPad and iPhone. Also in August – for iPhone only – if you share the app with 2 friends, the expansion pack is free.
Win a Fabulous Children’s CD and $25 iTunes e-Gift Card
One (1) winner at 5 Minutes for Mom will receive a download of Tickles and Tunes – a CD of children’s songs by Kathy Reid Naiman (who is featured in the Mulberry FingerPlays app) – and a $25 iTunes e-Gift Card. Just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter this giveaway. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second video on how to enter!
This is just one of our giveaways running every day in August for our Back To School Giveaway 2012. Please see the main Back To School Giveaway 2012 page for a full list of daily giveaways.